New regulations have been issued that amend narrative reporting requirements within company law for periods ended on or after 30 September 2013 report Harris & Co chartered accountants Northampton as part of their accountancy services to small and medium sized businesses.
Though some of the more significant changes affect quoted companies, the regulations also make changes that will be relevant in the preparation of the annual report for companies of all sizes.
The biggest change for all non-small companies is the replacement of the ‘business review’ within an existing directors’ report with a new, separate strategic report.
The objective of the strategic report is to provide information on the company’s main objectives, strategy, business model and risks and provide context and linkage into the financial statements. This then leaves the directors’ report to provide other statutory information about the entity.